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November 18, 2017

Mustangs Break Jinx of 35 But Do Not Win

The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs football team entered Friday night play with a three and four record and oh and one in conference play.  The Mustangs were on a three game home win streak and were extremely optimistic about their chances facing the Hendersonville Bearcats. A comparison of the statistics from prior games gave every indication the Mustangs matched up with their opponent.  This season the Mustangs have lost to Swain High 35 to 16;  to Cherokee 35 to 28;  to Tuscola 35 to 22; and to Pisgah 35 to 26. At halftime it was clear there would be no 35 on the scoreboard. Hendersonville led 34 to 24. To start the second half the Mustangs did something they have not been able to do this season(excluding Andrews), stop the opponent in their first drive in the third quarter, but Tyler Waliezer intercepted a Hendersonville pass which let to a Mustangs field goal at a 34 to 27 point score.  Less than a minute later the Bearcats pushed the score to 41 to 27. The Mustangs responded with two touchdowns to bring the score to 41 to 39 with Hendersonville still in the lead  with 4:45 to play in the third quarter.  Hendersonville answered two and a half minutes later with a touchdown making the score 48 to 39 with 2:02 to play in the third.  Hendersonville added a field goal at the 9:22 mark in the fourth quarter for their final score of the night. Nate Coffee found Cody Lominac for a 48 yard TD pass with 8:18 to play. The try for a two point conversion was just inches short. The Mustangs were in hopes of cutting it to a field goal to tie. The Mustang defense stopped Hendersonville on four downs. Coffee and the Mustangs offense went to work but the Bearcats put pressure on the quarterback resulting in three incomplete passed. On fourth and ten Coffee was looking for the receiver on a post pattern but Tykel Landrum read the plan and intercepted the ball at their own ten yard line thus ending the Mustangs hopes for an upset. Landrum is a distinguished athlete having over one thousand yards receiving for the past three seasons. Mustang quarterback Nate Coffee passed the 2000 yard mark in passing which included passes of 58 and 66 yards to Cody Lominac on the way to a 430 yard performance. The Mustangs travel to Brevard on Friday for Conference action against the Blue Devils.

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